"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Legion Class Blurr Toy Review

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Robots in Disguise (2015)

Blurr General Information:
Release Date: April 2017
Price Point: $6.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: None

Official images and text in italics below from Amazon.com:
Collectible Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Legion Class figures, are smaller-scale figures that feature classic Transformers conversion. Change this Legion Class Blurr figure between robot and sports car in 6 steps. Scan the Autobot shield on this Blurr figure to unlock a token in the mobile app (see below for app details). Collect other Legion Class figures and create your own Autobot vs. Decepticon battles (Each sold separately. Subject to availability.) Choose a side, and prepare for battle! The only thing Decepticons can use to catch Blurr is the trail of dust that follow. The Autobot is a supersonic data messenger with a knack for delivering parcels of information in a matter of nanokliks. When the Autobots need to send vital intel from one base to another, they look to Blurr to get the job done. Join the battle with this figure based on the Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

When "Transformers Prime" began, it was in part an attempt to create a new unified universe for an animated "Transformers" universe on television. To better expand the reach of the series a companion series was developed called "Rescue Bots", which skewed towards a younger audience. While "Prime" and "Rescue Bots" did share a universe, sometimes the stories could be a bit cheeky about whether this was truly the case. When "Prime" became "Robots in Disguise" in 2015, many wondered about the ongoing connection (if any) to "Rescue Bots". In late 2016 this connection was solidified in part by having the "Robots in Disguise" character of Sideswipe appear on "Rescue Bots". Now the link has become even stronger with the introduction of the Autobot Blurr into "Robots in Disguise". The sleek Autobot first appeared in "Rescue Bots", and the show writers made it a point to have some of his introductory dialogue reference his meeting Sideswipe on "Rescue Bots".

Packaging:
In 2017 the design of the "Robots in Disguise" Legion Class packaging was changed, possibly to decrease costs. Instead of having the figure inside a bubble sealed on a card, the figures now sit on a plastic tray that is glued to the card. The figure is tied down to the tray. The card features the now familiar vertical Transformers logo on one side with the "Robots in Disguise" logo above it. The top of the card features the character name on a red strip. Under that is the character art with the "Combiner Force" logo on it. Since the figure is not sealed in a bubble, there is no insert. The back of the card shows the figure in both modes, calling out a six step transformation. There is no bio information. Instead, most of the card has legal information in several languages.

Robot Mode:
If you read my 1 Step Changer Blurr review you will see that the "Robots in Disguise" design for Blurr incorporates elements of both "Rescue Bots" and "G1" Blurr. The head is the most obvious "Rescue Bots" nod, featuring a large crest on a round helmet section with large visor eyes. He also has features of a race car on his shoulders (including the halves of the spoilers). This references his "Rescue Bots" alt mode. Perhaps the most G1 oriented design is found on his chest, where there is a raised trapezoid shaped piece. This is similar in design to the middle of G1 Blurr's chest. The design is really nice and sleek with some bulky parts that both convey a sense of power and match up with the aesthetic of the "Robots in Disguise" animation models.

Blurr is cast in metallic light and dark blue plastic. The lighter shade makes up most of the figure while the darker shade is used for smaller parts like the thighs and the spoiler halves on his shoulders. For a Legion Class figure, there is an impressive amount of paint on this figure. Metallic light blue is found on the shoulders, head, waist and feet. A really light blue color is used on the head, chest and forearms. The color is interesting. In some lighting it looks almost like an extremely light blue or white. The chest also has some metallic dark blue on it. The paint colors on this figure are really gorgeous and took me by surprise.

There are eight points of articulation on this figure. This includes one at each shoulder and three on each leg. Each of his fists has a 3mm port to allow him to hold Cyberverse weapons. I'm really happy to see this feature continue to be included since it has been years since Cyberverse weapons have been produced.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  • Straighten out the arms and legs.
  • Point each of the feet down.
  • connect the two legs together.
  • Swing the halves of the spoilers back.
  • Swing the back panel up.
  • Swing each arm up and connect it to the back panel.
  • Swing the lower legs up to form the windshield and the front of the car.

Vehicle Mode:
This iteration of Blurr's vehicle mode is largely based on his "Rescue Bots" vehicle form. In that series he was a race car. Here he still has a similar design with four very distinct wheel well sections and a wide spoiler in the back. There are a couple small touches that call back to G1 Blurr. One is found on the front, where a small trapezoid section sticks out a bit in the middle. This is reminiscent of G1 Blurr's front end in vehicle mode (which was formed by his shield). Another nod to G1 Blurr is found on the top of the cabin section. There you will see a raised strip with what appears to be a vent in the front. This is very similar in design to the "scope" that was situated on top of G1 Blurr's head.

I love this blending of design elements from two different generations. It shows a healthy respect for the lineage of the character.

This mode mostly shows off the lighter metallic blue plastic. The spoiler and wheels are cast in the dark metallic blue. Again there is a nice amount of paint in this mode. The windows are all painted light blue and the sides of the vehicle have some more of the even lighter blue on it. The left door has a scannable Autobot symbol on it. Scan this in the official "Robots in Disguise" app and it unlocks some resources. It does not however unlock the character, which I found odd.b

Final Thoughts:
Blurr is a surprisingly nice Legion Class figure. The sculpt is detailed and the deco is beautiful. Of course he has limited articulation and a relatively simple transformation, but that is to be expected for the size class.

Pros:

  • Great sculpt in both modes.
  • Gorgeous plastic colors and a nice deco given the size class.
  • Still able to hold Cyberverse weapons despite them no longer being in production.
Cons:
  • Limited articulation compared to larger figures.